New Jersey Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The New Jersey rental agreements are written for landlords and tenants to have an arrangement where one, the lessee, pays a monthly amount and occupies space from the property owner, the lessor. There are general rules for which both landlord and tenant need to follow (See Tenant's Rights) but for the most part as long as rent is paid on the due date stated in the contract, usually the first (1st) of every month, there should be no issues between the parties.

The New Jersey commercial lease agreement is to be written between a business owner, operating as an individual or entity, and an owner of retail, office, or industrial property. The landlord will usually fit-up the premises in order to give the tenant a standard “vanilla box” so that the lessee may install all their necessary fixtures. Due to the amount of money invested on both sides, the landlord will usually run a credit check on the principals of the entity…

The New Jersey month to month rental agreement is exactly like the standard lease except that there is no end date between the landlord and tenant. The period goes on forever until one (1) party gives notice of at least thirty (30) days to the other of their intention to quit the lease (according to Statute 2A:18-56). Other than that one (1) exception, the lessor and lessee must follow all State laws and the landlord should screen the tenant with a rental…

The New Jersey eviction laws, as stated in the bulletin guide, allow for a landlord to identify a tenant’s late payment by first submitting a Consent to Enter Judgment for Possession before issuing a Notice to Quit/Cease (PDF/Word). See the Civil County Courthouses where a landlord may file these documents and start the process of an eviction of a tenant.  

The New Jersey rental application is used to decrease the chance and risk of a possible eviction or a lessee from not paying rent. The landlord may collect a non-refundable fee for processing the applicant’s credit, background, employment, and previous rental history information and it also serves as a test to see how serious they may be in the space. Once approved, the tenant should be given a lease and the amount the security deposit should be at the time…

The New Jersey standard lease agreement may be modified to fit the needs of a residential landlord to assign a monthly amount to be paid by a tenant in return for allowing them to live on the premises. The space is to be specified in the contract along with the rules and regulations of the property in addition to which utilities will be the responsibility of the tenant and landlord. Once signed, the agreement becomes legally binding and both parties will…

A New Jersey sublease agreement is a form written for a tenant, sublessor, who holds a master lease with a property owner and decides to let someone else, sublessee, occupy the same space in exchange for monthly rent. The sublessor must make sure that in the master lease it does not limit them from subletting the premises, and if so, they must seek the written permission from the landlord to allow them to rent the entire space or a portion of…

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Flood Zones (Statute 46:8-50) – If the property is located in a flood zone the landlord must inform the tenant of this hazard. See the Flood Zone Locator.

Lead-Based Paint – Federal regulation that requires all landlords to inform their tenants of the possible existence of this substance in residences built prior to 1978.

Truth in Renting Act – This form must be included with the lease agreement if the property has more than two (2) units (none of which are occupied by the landlord).


Security Deposits (Statutes 46:8-19 thru 46:8-26)

Maximum – The tenant may not be charged more than one and a half (1.5) times the monthly rental amount for the initial deposit. If the lessee remains on the property longer than a year, the landlord may not charge more than ten percent (10%) of the monthly payment as an additional deposit.

Returning – The landlord must return the deposit to the tenant within thirty (30) days of vacating the premises and giving full access back to the lessor.

Landlord’s Access to the Property (Statute 5:10)

The landlord must provide one (1) day’s notice before entering the premises for any non-emergency purpose.